O.E.T: Advise about Reading Sub-test

Don’t forget to check your watch, because you only have one hour to complete this Reading Sub-test. In this time all answers must have been transcribed on to a computer sheet.

Remember this Reading Sub-test is not just a test of comprehension. Rather the purpose of this test is to determine your ability to carry out further study/research; therefore detailed, or particularly precise/most precise responses, are required.

Remember this is not a multiple-question type examination paper. The question asked is: “which answer best fits the question asked?” It means “Which is the best or the most appropriate answer?”

My general advice this:

  1. First, read and examine the title of the passage very carefully, because it should tell you what the passage is about.
  2. Then read the first paragraph very carefully, because it informs you what the passage is about as well.
  3. When you have done this, read through the passage very quickly from beginning to end so as to ensure you have an “overview” of what the passage is about. You could use skim reading skills. At this stage, don’t worry if you don’t understand every single word.

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IELTS Reading: True/False/Not Given

Many students ask me how to do "True/False/Not-Given" or "Yes/No/Not-Given" questions. The reason why this type of question is hard for many candidates is that it tests your understanding or certain information rather than just finding key words. Here are some advices about doing this type of question. Click here.

Here is an easy practice. Try to finish all questions within 8 minutes.

ROADS—THE FACTS
 • In 1994 the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution described "the unrelenting growth of transport "as" possibly the greatest environmental threat facing the UK".
 • The Department of Transport predicts a doubling of traffic on 1988 levels by the years 2025. The Countryside  • Commission has warned that traffic through country areas may treble by then.
 • Vehicle exhaust is the major cause of urban air pollution. World Health Organization limits are regularly exceeded in most UK cities.
 • 1 in 7 children suffers from asthma, thought to be exacerbated by traffic fumes.
 • Over 1500 wildlife sites including ancient woodlands and sites of special scientific interest are still threatened by road building.
 • Four times as many junior-age children are driven to school in Britain as in Germany, because of road dangers. In  Holland 60 per cent of children cycle to school—compared with only 2 per cent here.

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IELTS Reading: Matching

Here is one General Training IELTS practice section 1. Read the following 5 advertisements for Hall of Residence accommodation at one university. Read the requirements for 6 students below and then choose the Hall (A – E) that best meets their requirements.

Below you can find the Hall of Residence accommodation possibilities that the university offers its students. Gwyn House, Plas Hall and Rath Place are all situated on the Hawley Site which is only 7 minute walk from the university. Read through and decide which hall would suit you best.
General Training IELTS Reading section 1 matching

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IELTS Reading: General Training – Matching

Read the following General Training IELTS Reading practice – a notice that gives information about school excursions. Each excursion is labelled A-F. Answer questions 1-5 below by writing the appropriate letter A-F behind each question.

SCHOOL EXCURSIONS

A Ancient and Modern Museum
This is a museum with a difference. Along with the usual historical exhibits, this museum features an up-to-date display of hands-on information technology.

B Shortlands Wildlife Park
This is not the usual animal gaol. Here exotic animals wander free in large compounds, separated in such a way that they can't harm one another.

C Botanical Gardens
Besides the many exotic plants one expects to see in a botanical garden, these gardens feature an array of native birds and other wildlife.

D Wax World
If you're interested in seeing how people used to live and dress, Wax World is the place for you. Featuring over 100 wax models of famous people, this venue is well-suited to anyone interested in changing trends in clothing.

E Technology Park
In the planetarium you can observe features of the night sky, and learn about such historical events as the origin of the crab nebula. This excursion also includes a visit to the Satellite Mapping Centre.

F The Light Fantastic
Find out about the fascinating process of candle making. This factory also holds the additional attraction of illustrating the diverse uses that candles and other wax products can have—from the projection of film to their use in the art of sculpture and decoration.

Questions:

1. Which excursion would you choose if you wanted to know about the different uses of wax?
2. Where could students learn something about the animals of the country they are studying in?
3. On which excursion is it possible to learn something about the stars?
4. Which excursion would be suitable for students of fashion and design?
5. Which excursion would attract people interested in computers?

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